Gratuitous car porn thread

colinmc400

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At one point, our next door neighbour in the late 70's/early 80's had one each of these in his garage. Not all at the same time, as there was no room, so he stored/rotated his daily driver through his plant hire warehouse and would appear home in different ones as the mood took him. He was a bit of a Cockney wideboy, although how he ended up in Bristol escapes me. But looking back i think it was great that he spent his company profits on toys.

He wasn't a great driver however and ended up loosing a decent chunk of his right arm, when he rolled the Beemer and his arm flapped out the drivers side window, as it slid down the road on its side.

The white with red leather 911 Turbo, made this young teenager do some sex wee though!!




 
I'll see your poor lights and give you a Ford Capri with a set of Cibies. Dark o'clock on the M8 between Glasgow and Edinburgh. Passengers suitably lubricated, driver borderline. Car spied up ahead. Mate turns off all his lights and says watch this. He depresses the load pedal and let lose his inner James Hunt. Just as he caught up with the car in front he hits all the lights and turns night into day with the combination of the headlamps at full beam and Cibies. There was a minor yelp from behind the wheel as a patrol car with two rozzers was perfectly lit up.

The journey home took a little longer than planned. At first it was going to be a write up until the rest of the car's occupants started displaying various degrees of inebriated jocklitude on a motorway. That didn't go down well at all.
My “thanks” for the ignorant night-driving cretins who got close behind without dipping their high-beam, then overtook, was to provide them with some dual-high-beam and Cibie-enhanced visibility assistance as they came back in front of me … just being helpful, to be sure. But only after making sure they weren’t Plods.
 
My “thanks” for the ignorant night-driving cretins who got close behind without dipping their high-beam, then overtook, was to provide them with some dual-high-beam and Cibie-enhanced visibility assistance as they came back in front of me … just being helpful, to be sure. But only after making sure they weren’t Plods.
I’ve been “helpful” a number of times as a truck driver, nothing beet’s two sets of driving lights. Top of cab and middle of bonnet, does a loverly job of burning out the retina’s, of inconsiderate twats!
 
I’ve been “helpful” a number of times as a truck driver, nothing beet’s two sets of driving lights. Top of cab and middle of bonnet, does a loverly job of burning out the retina’s, of inconsiderate twats!

Did you learn how to drive trucks Late Night On Watling Street?
 
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I think that JK bloke was a bit of a petrolhead and had a fairly large collection of decent cars.

There is a decent bicycle shop on the Horsham Road a few miles south of Guildford. I was having a mooch around in there and he came in, picked up a bike, bunged it in the back of his BMW convertible and buggered off.

I started chatting to the sales guy and he told me JK had just had it made especially for him. £18,000.

Good taste in cars and pushbikes but godawful music.
 
I think that JK bloke was a bit of a petrolhead and had a fairly large collection of decent cars.

There is a decent bicycle shop on the Horsham Road a few miles south of Guildford. I was having a mooch around in there and he came in, picked up a bike, bunged it in the back of his BMW convertible and buggered off.

I started chatting to the sales guy and he told me JK had just had it made especially for him. £18,000.

Good taste in cars and pushbikes but godawful music.
And an obnoxious dangerous Dave on a driven shoot ( shudder).
 
I think that JK bloke was a bit of a petrolhead and had a fairly large collection of decent cars.

There is a decent bicycle shop on the Horsham Road a few miles south of Guildford. I was having a mooch around in there and he came in, picked up a bike, bunged it in the back of his BMW convertible and buggered off.

I started chatting to the sales guy and he told me JK had just had it made especially for him. £18,000.

Good taste in cars and pushbikes but godawful music.
JK is a petrolhead.

I happened to be at the Goodwood FoS when he parked up with all the plebs in one of the fields (top of the field so obviously reserved) in something exotic (prancing nag I think), as people left early to avoid the horrendous traffic, some wrote in the grime on it ‘Jodie was faster’.

Apparently he has no sense of humour.
 
Published by: James Attwood, AUTOCAR magazine, on 15 June 2021.

New Maserati Grecale SUV spotted ahead of 2021 unveiling.

Clearest shots yet of Modena's second SUV show off styling of hot Porsche Macan rival.

Maserati is gearing up to launch the Grecale as its second SUV, and our spy photographers have snapped the clearest prototype shots yet, outside a manufacturer facility in Italy.

The Grecale is clearly a similar size to the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, with which it will share the bulk of its underpinnings, and despite heavy camouflaging and a fence obscuring most of the car's final design, the influence of the larger Levante is evident.

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The brand's important second SUV is named Grecale after the "fierce north-east wind of the Mediterranean Sea". The model forms a key part of Maserati's bold revival plan that it launched last year with the reveal of the MC20 supercar.

Destined to play "a key role in the brand's development", the Porsche Macan rival will be built on the same production line as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio in the FCA plant in Cassino, Italy. Maserati is planning an investment of around €800 million (£790m) in the plant.

It will also share much of its underpinnings with the Stelvio, and a fully electric version is also due to arrive by 2022 . . .

However, the combustion-engined models will use Maserati rather than Alfa-sourced engines, likely to include the mild-hybridised 2.0-litre turbo offered in the Ghibli and Levante, and a downtuned version of the MC20's new Nettuno V6 for the most potent variant.

Maserati global planning boss Francesco Tonon told Autocar the Grecale will be "the most practical in its class, but it will also be luxurious", adding: "It will feature the best-in-class design and features. Of course, it's still a Maserati but it will also offer best-in-class performance and handling."

SUVs are expected to account for 70% of Maserati's sales by 2025, with saloons reduced to 15% and sports cars, such as the newly launched MC20, making up 5%.

The new SUV was first confirmed back in 2018 by former FCA boss Sergio Marchionne as part of a total overhaul of its product line-up. Also included are the MC20 in three variants: coupé, Spider convertible and fully electric, plus a new Granturismo and Grancabrio, due in both combustion and electric forms.

By 2023/2024, the brand will also have a new-generation Levante and Quattroporte, also both available with an electric powertrain. In top-spec form, this will use an 800V electrical system and three motors.

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The Maserati Grecale SUV as imagined by Autocar

 
Goodness me . . . It might have been thought, that a quiet, dignified, burial would be more appropriate . . . alongside Citroen's unnecessary, nascent, "DS" off-spring . . .
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Published by: Felix Page, AUTOCAR magazine, on 15 June 2021.

Jean-Pierre Ploue: Pivotal Citroen designer to lead Lancia rebirth.


Stellantis gives green light to revival of storied Italian marque, with premium focus likely.

Stellantis has showed its commitment to revitalising the neglected Lancia brand with the appointment of Jean-Pierre Ploué as its new design boss.

Already a chief design officer at the 14-brand-strong group, Ploué will supervise Lancia’s styling evolution from his head office at Torino Centro Stile, where he performs a similar role for other former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) brands Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Maserati.

This is the second time that Ploué has been charged with leading the rebirth of a marque through design. In 1999, he became Citroën’s styling chief and led a wide-reaching transformation of the brand’s image, launching boldly styled models including the C4, C5, C6 and DS3.

Ploué was then promoted to design director for the wider PSA Group in 2010, gaining recognition for the striking, range-defining Peugeot SR1 concept, among others.

Of his latest appointment, he said: “Lancia’s renaissance is a truly exciting challenge. Lancia is an iconic brand which will be restored to its central historical position in Europe, leveraging on its huge potential.’’

The Lancia design team is described as “lean and focused” and comprises mainly young designers.​
[Oh! FFS, Heaven save us !!]

Lancia currently operates only in its Italian home market and offers just one model: the decade-old, Fiat 500-based Ypsilon supermini. Both the Ypsilon and the larger Delta were previously sold in the UK under the Chrysler brand but were withdrawn in 2017 to allow FCA to focus more keenly on expanding the Jeep brand.

Specific plans for Lancia’s revival haven't yet been made public, but it's likely that the brand will lean heavily on platforms and powertrains used by Alfa Romeo. A low-volume premium focus is likely, meaning Lancia will become to Alfa Romeo what DS is to Citroën.

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Published by: James Attwood, AUTOCAR magazine, on 15 June 2021.

New Maserati Grecale SUV spotted ahead of 2021 unveiling.

Clearest shots yet of Modena's second SUV show off styling of hot Porsche Macan rival.

Maserati is gearing up to launch the Grecale as its second SUV, and our spy photographers have snapped the clearest prototype shots yet, outside a manufacturer facility in Italy.

The Grecale is clearly a similar size to the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, with which it will share the bulk of its underpinnings, and despite heavy camouflaging and a fence obscuring most of the car's final design, the influence of the larger Levante is evident.

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The brand's important second SUV is named Grecale after the "fierce north-east wind of the Mediterranean Sea". The model forms a key part of Maserati's bold revival plan that it launched last year with the reveal of the MC20 supercar.

Destined to play "a key role in the brand's development", the Porsche Macan rival will be built on the same production line as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio in the FCA plant in Cassino, Italy. Maserati is planning an investment of around €800 million (£790m) in the plant.

It will also share much of its underpinnings with the Stelvio, and a fully electric version is also due to arrive by 2022 . . .

However, the combustion-engined models will use Maserati rather than Alfa-sourced engines, likely to include the mild-hybridised 2.0-litre turbo offered in the Ghibli and Levante, and a downtuned version of the MC20's new Nettuno V6 for the most potent variant.

Maserati global planning boss Francesco Tonon told Autocar the Grecale will be "the most practical in its class, but it will also be luxurious", adding: "It will feature the best-in-class design and features. Of course, it's still a Maserati but it will also offer best-in-class performance and handling."

SUVs are expected to account for 70% of Maserati's sales by 2025, with saloons reduced to 15% and sports cars, such as the newly launched MC20, making up 5%.

The new SUV was first confirmed back in 2018 by former FCA boss Sergio Marchionne as part of a total overhaul of its product line-up. Also included are the MC20 in three variants: coupé, Spider convertible and fully electric, plus a new Granturismo and Grancabrio, due in both combustion and electric forms.

By 2023/2024, the brand will also have a new-generation Levante and Quattroporte, also both available with an electric powertrain. In top-spec form, this will use an 800V electrical system and three motors.

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The Maserati Grecale SUV as imagined by Autocar

I really don’t like SUVs from supercar and sports car makers.

They’re all terrible.

Porsche Cayenne
Lambo Urus
Bentley Bentayga
Maserati Levante
Alfa Stelvio

I’m dreading this new Ferrari Purosangue.
 
I really don’t like SUVs from supercar and sports car makers.

They’re all terrible.

Porsche Cayenne
Lambo Urus
Bentley Bentayga
Maserati Levante
Alfa Stelvio

I’m dreading this new Ferrari Purosangue.
The statistics say it all . . . . :( !!

"SUVs are expected to account for 70% of Maserati's sales by 2025, with saloons reduced to 15% and sports cars, such as the newly launched MC20, making up 5%".

And these projections for Maserati, can only be drawn from what is happening now, within the rest of the industry.

I don't think any traditional, established, manufacturer has abandoned their conventional product lines, just to concentrate on SUV production ?!

SUVs have certainly been the saviour of a number of traditional, established, manufacturers, and will continue to be so.

Give it a few more years, when you are all as stiff and immobile as I am, and you will understand the attraction ;) !!
 
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The statistics say it all . . . . :( !!

"SUVs are expected to account for 70% of Maserati's sales by 2025, with saloons reduced to 15% and sports cars, such as the newly launched MC20, making up 5%".

And these projections for Maserati, can only be drawn from what is happening now, withing the rest of the industry.

I don't think any traditional, established, manufacturer has abandoned their conventional product lines, just to concentrate on SUV production ?!

SUVs have certainly been the saviour of a number of traditional, established, manufacturers, and will continue to be so.

Give it a few more years, when you are all as stiff and immobile as I am, and you will understand the attraction ;) !!
I’ve got a Merc GLC (wife’s choice) which is basically a jacked up SUV version of a C Class estate.

Used to have a normal C Class estate which was cheaper and much nicer.
 
[DRIFT - Specifically JAGUAR :( !! ]

Published by: Mark Tisshaw, AUTOCAR magazine, on 23 June 2021.

Jaguar boss signs off plan for radical new EV line-up.

New boss Thierry Bolloré sits down with Autocar to talk about an upmarket push for the British brand.

The future range of all-electric Jaguars has now been decided, and work is ongoing to source or create the architecture that will underpin the reinvented British brand’s models from 2025.

Speaking to Autocar in his first one-on-one interview since joining Jaguar Land Rover last September, boss Thierry Bolloré said that there will be a “family” of more upmarket, luxury Jaguars, positioned where nobody else sits in the market, as part of his Reimagine plan for JLR.


Bolloré pointed to the Range Rover line’s positioning (as a maker of uniquely sized and styled cars priced far above what might be considered its conventional rivals) as the kind of area that Jaguar will sit in, and that the brand won’t seek to create targeted rivals to the likes of Porsche, Bentley or even Aston Martin.

“Look at Range Rover,” said Bolloré. “It’s satisfactory on price and profit levels, and we haven’t yet reached the ceiling. The price is extraordinary, and we have the volumes.”

Range Rover is “unique in its positioning” said Bolloré, adding that the SUV sub-brand is still selling in large volumes.

He explained that the plan for Jaguar is to create “distinct cars with no overlap”. They will be “really modern luxury cars that are the copy of nothing in style or design, the top of technology and refinement, but not looking backwards”.

“In desire, it’s similar to Range Rover. We enjoy this type of positioning for Range Rover,” he continued, adding that, although he is “not looking for volume” for the revived Jaguar brand, he believes there is space for higher sales figures.

While Range Rover provides the business model for Jaguar to pursue, its cars won’t be SUVs or crossovers, instead uniquely shaped, lower-slung cars with no direct rivals.

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Bolloré explained that JLR chief creative officer Gerry McGovern organised a design contest within the firm’s newly united design team to create inspiration for future Jaguars. The team was split into three, and in just three months, they created designs and models that would normally take 18 months. Bolloré said this produced “incredible creativity” and that the design direction and family of models for Jaguar was now decided.

“The proportions are crucial to get what we want from Jaguar,” said Bolloré. “The platform is a consequence of proportions we’ve decided on. They’re absolutely bespoke.”

To that end, Jaguar is now looking for an all-electric architecture that is “easy to change in size as necessary” and will support its model plans, but it’s yet to decide whether to create its own or source one from a third party.

A “permanently and significantly updated” I-Pace SUV will be the only Jaguar to survive into the new generation of models due from 2025, but it will be considered separately to the firm’s new-generation cars.

All other Jaguar models will continue to be updated but won’t be replaced at the end of their lives, and the firm’s Castle Bromwich factory will then be repurposed to consolidate various other JLR sites dotted around the English Midlands that already perform the same jobs, such as prototype builds.

Explaining why Jaguar is in need of such a dramatic reinvention, Bolloré said that it’s “damaged”. He added: “The cars have never been as good as in 2021, but the positives of the brand aren’t appreciated compared with the competition.

“Today, when you listen to customers, they see [a Jaguar], like the car and test the car, and they still go and buy an Audi or a BMW. That’s the problem. People buy the originals, then. We aren’t the originals. We have to get the positioning of Jaguar much different, higher and more original.”

On the decision to axe the electric XJ replacement just before launch, Bollore said it was the “toughest decision in the process, absolutely” but that the only thing it had in common with Jaguar’s future was that it was all-electric.

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Posted on the "what-would-make-you-buy-an-electric-car" thread, and also on this "Car Porn" thread.


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Reference the above . . . from the comments section . . .

Comment by: Symanski 23 June 2021

I fear that Thierry doesn't know what he's doing to Jaguar.

Jaguar doesn't have a competitor to the 1-series, A-Class or A3 from the rivals. This it needs. It could move up market, but you will end up with a smaller business than you currently have. Jobs will be lost. Jaguar needs to increase volumes so that parts used across the ranges drop in cost, and that has to come from an entry level hatchback.

Best success Jaguar has had is with the F-Pace, yet he ignores this to claim it is eating away from Range Rover. News for you. Other companies will eat away at Range Rover instead and you won't have the F-Pace sales to comfort yourself over.

Read what Steve Jobs said about fear of bringing out a rival product to one of your own and how it would cannibalise your sales. If you don't, someone else will. Thierry needs to read the Steve Job book.

Then he's going all-electric far too early. Although a growing market, it isn't going to suddenly transform by 2025. Hybrids will still be vitally important, as will internal combustion cars.

He is setting up Jaguar to fail, when really Jaguar should be highlighting the technological advantages they have to the market.
 

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Anyone else noticing the ridiculous upwswing in values of performance cars? I bought and sold my SL63 within a short space of time last year as I foolishly decided to wipe off a chunk of the mortgage.

I lost about £2.5k on it. Had I held on to it until now, I think i'd make approx £8-£10k profit. Prices have gone mental.

The lowly 3.2S boxster I bought for £7k to replace it is probably now worth £8k, but to think I could have got all my money back on the Merc and then had the Porker 'for free' is a little galling.
 
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